hi guys, i think people may be getting sick of me asking questions as i have posted about a dozen times in past few days. After extensive research on the web and annoying you guys with what i'm sure are stupid questions (sorry) i think i have made a decision on what camera to buy. I am now looking at buying the Panasonic Lumix TZ1 (note to moderators: is it OK for me to mention brand names/models like this cos i have seen other posts of people getting banned for spamming? I promise i am not trying to promote anything except my general ignorance ). I just wanted to know what other people think of this camera as you all know far more than me on the subject. Is it reliable etc. I would have preferred something with AA batteries but this seems like the best compromise.
Yes, given the limitations of that class of camera for that budget, it should serve you very well indeed, handling very well and taking great pictures most of the time.
Looking at the negative points mentioned by dpreview, there's two things to be aware of. Neither of them should be a deal-breaker, but just so you understand what you'd be buying:
1) The images produced by the camera are very noisy. They'll be fine for printing, and they'll be fine for reducing in size and uploading to websites, but if you look at 100% at a computer monitor, at, for example, what should be a perfectly blue sky, you'll see lots of dots that are slightly lighter and slightly darker than the rest of the sky. This would show up distractingly if you tried to enlarge your photos a lot for print, or if you cropped a small portion of the photo.
2) Shutter lag. There's 0.3 seconds waiting time between clicking the button, and the photo actually being taken. That might not seem all that long, but in photography terms it's an eternity. It might make you miss shots dealing with wildlife and similar, so in those cases you'll have to learn to anticipate.
Thanks very much sander you've been very helpful. I think this is the one i will go for. Well thats that decision made. Just another couple of dozen to go before i leave.